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born March 25, 1934; American feminist and political activist

A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.
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The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.
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Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies
of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first
weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
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Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.
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A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.
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If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our
menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to
say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month
long?
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A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
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Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect.
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We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.
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Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of
the gentleman.
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Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future
generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
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Women have two choices: Either she's a feminist or a masochist.
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We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons
more like our daughters.
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The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
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There are really not many jobs that actually require a penis or a vagina, and all other
occupations should be open to everyone.
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One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the Earth.
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God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them,
there's no turning back.
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Marriage works best for men than women. The two happiest groups are married men and
unmarried women.
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Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
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No man can call himself liberal, or radical, or even a conservative advocate of fair play, if his
work depends in any way on the unpaid or underpaid labor of women at home, or in the
office.
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Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in
black and other minority men.
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From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence - and then adds one cherished
case in which it may be justified.
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Most women are one man away from welfare.
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Someone asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the
commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true and incomplete
answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.
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Hope is a very unruly emotion.
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Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.
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Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming,
after all is a form of planning.
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Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.
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Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.
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Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the
first step toward changing it.
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A woman who aspires to be something is called a bitch.
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Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.
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This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and
visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and
inferior groups and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking
about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We
are really talking about humanism.
Gloria Steinem

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